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F1 2023 Azerbaijan Grand Prix James Vowles, Team Principal, Williams Racing, portrait during the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix of FIA Formula One World Championship from 27th to 30th of April, 2023 on the Baku Street Circuit, in Baku, Azerbaijan. Formula 1

Vowles: Sargeant must be ‘more consistent’ during F1 weekends

Sargeant earned a Formula 1 drive with Williams after impressing during his rookie season in Formula 2

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Williams Formula 1 team principal James Vowles has warned Logan Sargeant to be “more consistent” during race weekends after a difficult start with the Grove-based outfit.

F1 Grand Prix of MiamiMIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 07: Logan Sargeant of United States driving the (2) Williams FW45 Mercedes on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at Miami International Autodrome on May 07, 2023 in Miami, Florida. Formula 1, James Vowles, Alex Albon
The American has failed to score a world championship point this season after five rounds (Image Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Sargeant has shown glimpses of impressive pace throughout the first five rounds of the 2023 Formula 1 season. However, the American rookie has had plenty of mistakes during the opening races. The mistakes have been common due to a run of tricky street or temporary venues.

The 22-year-old crashed during qualifying at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The race after, he collided with Nyck de Vries during the final restart at the Australian Grand Prix. Furthermore, the Williams driver suffered a heavy crash during Azerbaijan’s sprint shootout after already making it into SQ2.

To add more pain to the American’s start to life in Formula 1, he made first-lap contact with Lance Stroll at his home race in Miami. The contact forced the 22-year-old into the pits for a front wing change. After the change, the Williams driver drove the rest of the race on his own at the back of the pack.

Sargeant needs more consistency

Team boss James Vowles believes Sargeant definitely has the speed for Formula 1. However, the Briton thinks that the American must focus more on consistency rather than matching team-mate Alex Albon’s pace.

Vowles talked to Motorsport.com about the issues that the American is facing after the opening five races. The Briton said:

“Logan’s [Sargeant] here because he’s quick, and he is quick, he can deliver. But he has to start by just getting things controlled, delivering cleanly.

“In both qualifying sessions in Baku he made it to Q2. That’s the consistency. And that’s what we’re looking for.”

The Williams boss reveals that he has explained to the American, saying: “You’re quick enough”. He further told the 22-year-old about using Q2 as a learning experience, allowing him to do double the laps he would do if he was knocked out in Q1.

F1 Grand Prix of Miami - QualifyingMIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 06: Logan Sargeant of United States driving the (2) Williams FW45 Mercedes on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at Miami International Autodrome on May 06, 2023 in Miami, Florida. Formula 1, James Vowles, Alex Albon
Sargeant had a disappointing race at his home race in Miami after early damage (Image Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Trying to match Albon’s pace

Sargeant’s team-mate Alex Albon is into his fourth season as a Formula 1 driver. The Thai driver has driven for three teams, starting at Toro Rosso, being promoted to Red Bull, then taking a year off after being replaced by Sergio Perez in 2021.

Now the 27-year-old finds himself at Williams, producing many impressive performances, establishing himself as the team leader.

Vowles reemphasised his point of not expecting Sargeant to be on Albon’s pace straight away. The Briton praised how close the American is getting to Albon during qualifying.

“I’m not expecting him to be on Alex’s pace. Also he’s had a string of races he’s never even been to before.

“But even [in Miami], disappointed as he was, there was just three tenths between him and Alex [in Q1]. It just so happened that was seven cars. But three-tenths, that’s how close it’s getting now.”

Formula 1 heads to Imola for the first European race of the season for round six of the championship. Will it be the place where we see Sargeant score his first ever Formula 1 world championship points?

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